Preview Game #4-Eastern Semi-Final
Canadiens vs. NY Rangers
Madison Square Garden – April 18, 2017 – 7:10pm
Lineup Changes –
….The Canadiens will make no changes from their Game Three lineup.
….Through the first three games of the series the Canadiens have average 45.7 hits per game; the Rangers 53.3. During the regular season the Canadiens were a 22.7 per game; the Rangers 20.9.
….The Rangers have won nine of the last thirteen playoff games against the Canadiens dating back to Game three of the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
….Against the Rangers Canadiens have killed all ten of the Rangers power plays.
….The Canadiens scored two power play goals in game three and now are at 20 percent for the series.
….Alexander Radulov has two goals and three assists over the last two games and with five points is tied for second in playoff scoring; trailing the Penguins Evgeni Malkin’s 6 points(2g 4a).
….Including his final six games of the season, Radulov has 5 goals and 11 points in nine games.
….Radulov now has 19 points in 21 career playoff games (14 in 18 games with Nashville)
….Max Pacioretty has attempted 30 shots in the series’ three games – 17 of them on goal an average of 5.7 per game. He has one assist.
….Rookie Artturi Lehkonen scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal Sunday night. In the Swedish League playoffs last year he scored 11 goals and 8 assists in 16 playoff games to lead Frolunda to the SNL championship.
….Shea Weber has scored goals in three straight games at Madison Square Garden.
….Alex Galchenyuk is on a thirteen game goal-less drought in the post season. His last goal was the overtime winner in the second game of the opening round series vs. Tampa, April 17, 2015.
….While the Rangers had the best road record in the league (27-12-2), at home they recorded the fewest home points (46) of the sixteen teams in this year’s playoffs.
….The Rangers have lost six straight home games dating back to Game-Two of the 2015 Conference finals against Tampa. In that stretch they have been outscored 21-4. In the same time frame the Rangers have scored 33 goals in eight games on the road.
….The Rangers have been held to two goals or fewer in their last nine home playoff games and have been shutout in three of their last five.
….When Brady Skjeil ruined Carey Price’s shutout bid with 2:06 remaining Sunday it ended a 157:15 home goalless drought for the Rangers.
,,,,The Rangers won Game Four in four of their last six playoff series dating back to the 2014 Conference finals vs. the Canadiens.
….At home since the start of the 2007 playoffs the Rangers are 9-3 in game-4’s.
….Since the start of the 2013 playoffs the Rangers are 19-12 in Games 4-7 of a playoff series including 12-4 in those games at Madison Square Garden.
….Ryan McDonagh has 2g, 8a in his last nine career playoff games. He had ten points against the Canadiens in the 2014 six-game Eastern Conference Final.
….Mika Zibanejad has played 14 of his 19 career NHL playoff games against the Canadiens In his 14 career games he has 2 goals, 7 assists.
….Derek Stepan has a point in five of eight career playoff games against the canadiens with three multi-point games
….Carey Price has won six straight road games against the Rangers with a 1.04GAA and a .960 save%.
….In the three games of this series Price is 2-1 with a 1.53GAA and .944 save%, In 22 career games vs. the Rangers he is 15-5-1 with a 1.82GAA and .940 save%.
….Price‘s career playoff record is 25-28 with 5 shutouts, a 2.55GAA and .913 save%.
….Henrik Lundqvist has started every Rangers playoff game since Game 3 of their first round series against the Devils in 2006. This will be his 119th consecutive post season start.
….In his last four playoff appearances vs. the Canadiens Lundqvist is 2-2 with a 1.65GAA; .945save% and 2 shutouts. In 9 playoff starts vs. the Canadiens he is 5-3 with a 2.15GAA; .930save% and 2 shutouts.
….In this series Lundqvist is 1-2 with a 2.16GAA with a .941 save% and one shutout. Lundqvist is second in the playoffs with 11 saves and 6th in save% at .941.
….Through the final 24 games of the season the Canadiens had the best penalty killing units in the league – 2 goals-against in 27 times shorthanded. Including their perfect 0-in-10 record through the three playoff games the Canadiens are now at 97.9% (2/37)
….On their power play the Rangers are 0-for-10 with only 11 shots on goal.
….The Canadiens power play has produced two power play goals (both on Sunday) on 18 shots on goal.
….Going into the playoffs the Rangers had power play goals in four of the season’s final six and ten of their final 15 games; a league-leading 13-for-38 – 34.2%).
Canadiens Forward Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 65-Andrew Shaw
21-Dwight King 92-Steve Ott 17-Torrey Mitchell
79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber
8-Jordie Benn 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 88-Brandon Davidson
Injuries – D Alexei Emelin (lower body)
Scratches – C Brian Flynn; C Mike McCarron; RW Andreas Martinsen; D Nikita Nesterov
Projected NY Rangers Forward Lines & Pairings
20-Chris Kreider 21-Derek Stepan 36-Mats Zuccarello
26-Jimmy Vesey 93-Mika Zibanejad 61-Rick Nash
40-Michael Grabner 13-Kevin Hayes 10-J.T. Miller
15-Tanner Glass 24-Oscar Lindberg 19-Jesper Fast
27Ryan McDonagh 5-Dan Girardi
18-Mark Staal 22-Nick Holden
76-Brady Skjei 42-Brendan Smith
Injuries – none
Scratches – RW Pavel Buchnevich; LW Matt Puempl; LW Brandon Pirri; D Adam Clendening; D Stephen Kampfer; D-Kevin Klein .